This post has been a long time coming.
If I'm being completely honest with you, it has been sitting in my drafts for months patiently waiting for me to press the publish button.
I haven't necessarily been afraid, I suppose I have just felt like I was supposed to wait for the right time, for my prompting from the Lord.
2013 was a good year. It was busy and challenging personally, spiritually and in our practice.
Everything seemed to be hinged on a balancing act that I was struggling to perform.
I am very excited to welcome 2014 with it's new challenges, opportunities, and events.
I an also very excited to be back sharing in this space. I have missed it tremendously.
I know many of you were awaiting my post on The Pearl Event Triple Strand that took place in Nashville, TN back in May of 2013.
Honestly, speaking and sharing publicly for the first time was very difficult.
But, let me tell you that when God calls you to do something and you are obedient, the walls come crumbling down...in a good way.
The prayers were felt and heard, my testimony was well-received, and I not only got to meet some ladies that I've been "internet" friends with for quite some time, but I got to embrace them and love on them.
To feel unconditional love after sharing something so personal is something I will never forget.
Each and every person in that room holds a dear place in my heart.
When I thought I was going to fall after speaking, Sibi and everyone else in that room caught me with their love and prayers.
I am forever grateful.
I am not ready and honestly, I don't know if I'll ever be, to fully share my story on the internet.
I know so many of you have asked and I am truly humbled that you would like to hear it; however, I don't feel that this is the time or place yet.
That being said, I am completely open to speaking engagements at churches, women's groups, women's centers, etc.
The internet can be a dark place as we are all aware and I don't feel that sharing on the web would be beneficial to my family right now.
I hope you can understand where I am coming from.
I did create a short video with some highlights from the event that I am excited to share with you today!
I feel that this was the most effective way to give you a glimpse of just how special and wonderful The Pearl Event truly is.
The music is by Michaela McLaird, who led worship at The Pearl Event.
I just fell in love with her voice and her music.
The song is called "Every Breath" and her short album called "The Morning Sun" is available on iTunes.
However, I am going to be giving away the album to one of you!
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I was quite emotional as I shared and it is by the grace of God I was able to finish as I could hear others in the room sniffling and crying, too.
I could literally feel God's hands upon me as I spoke.
After I spoke Sibi rushed up to embrace me at the podium and I was certain my tears would flood the room. She then called everyone up to pray over Brandon and me. That was one of the most special and sacred things that has happened to us in our marriage.
God was present and alive in that room that day.
It was humbling, beautiful and it was real.
To each of you who came to The Pearl Event, I want to thank you.
Thank you for sacrificing your time, resources, etc. to get to Nashville.
If you weren't able to make it, I pray that the Lord would make a way for you to come in the future.
I love each of you so dearly and I am blessed to call you friends and sisters in Christ.
You are prayer warriors, you walk by faith, you encourage, you are beautiful.
Thank you for everything you are and everything you mean to me.
I also want to thank my loving and supportive husband.
There are no words to describe how grateful I am for this man.
He believes in me, he supports me, he loves me unconditionally.
For him to make a way to take time off work when it seems it is impossible to travel with me and help me and take pictures and video tape me means more to me than he could ever imagine.
I love him eternally.
Sibi, you are a precious angel to me.
Words cannot express my gratitude toward you and your encouragement and coaching.
I absolutely adore you and I believe in you and your ministry.
Thank you for being such a blessing to me and so many others. I love you.
Sibi is the author of Pearl and Grace blog and is the founder of Pearls and Grace Ministries.
To read her post click here.
Rachel, "my twin," where have you been all my life?! The distance between us is unbearable.
I could not even imagine what it would be like to "do life" together...maybe someday.
You are so beautiful and so inspiring and I am so thankful for you. I love you.
Cha Cha-you have one of the sweetest spirits I have ever known. You are so beautiful and so worthy and your daughters are blessed to have you as their mother. You are dedicated and gifted and I admire you in so many ways. I love you.
Also, a huge thank you to the photographer, Coleen Verner. She captured the event beautifully!
To God be the Glory for orchestrating this event.
The most important thing was that the love of Christ wasn't only shared that day...it was felt.
The Enemy certainly tried to destroy, but each of us were steadfast against the evildoer.
Thank you, God, for friendships, for your Word, for your love.
You are the best Father a daughter could ask for and I love you.
Whatever you ask of me, I will have a ready and willing heart.
2104 is going to be amazing.
Remember, YOU are HIS pearl.